SAINTS PUT KEG IN THE CLOSET WITH WEEKEND SWEEP
SAINTS PUT KEG IN THE CLOSET WITH WEEKEND SWEEP
ELROSA 2, SPRING HILL 1
ETHAN VOGT THREW A COMPLETE GAME FOR THE SAINTS AS THEY COMPLETED A WEEKEND SWEEP OF THE CHARGERS SUNDAY AFTERNOON IN SPRING HILL. ELROSA SCORED TWO RUNS IN THE FIRST INNING AS THEY TOOK ADVANTAGE OF A LEAD OFF WALK AND AN ERROR TO BRING AROUND THE FIRST RUN. VOGT THEN DROVE A TWO-OUT RBI SINGLE TO CENTER TO SCORE THE SECOND RUN OF THE INNING. VOGT KEPT THE CHARGER BATTERS OFF BALANCE ALL DAY AND THE SCORE REMAINED 2-0 UNTIL THE 7TH INNING WHEN SPRING HILL TOOK ADVANTAGE OF TWO ELROSA ERRORS TO CUT THE LEAD IN HALF. VOGT SETTLED THE SAINTS DOWN IN THE FINAL INNINGS AND TOOK A LINE DRIVE OFF THE FACE TO HELP SECURE THE SCL NORTH VICTORY. MATT MIDDENDORF AND KEVIN KUEFLER EACH COLLECTED TWO HITS WHILE JAMES KUEFLER AND VOGT PROVIDED THE OTHER SINGLES.
By Herman Lensing, Melrose Beacon
Elrosa 2, Spring Hill 1
SPRING HILL--A complete game victory by Ethan Vogt Sunday, moved Elrosa two games ahead of Spring Hill in the Stearns County League-North. The Saints are 7-1 on the year and Spring Hill 7-4. If they would tie in the final standings of the 13-game season, Elrosa has the tie-breaker advantage of head-to-head competition. On Sunday, Matt Middendorf had two hits and Austen Hadley an RBI single to lead the Elrosa offense as they won their second one-run game from Spring Hill over the weekend. On Friday the Saints defeated Spring Hill 6-5 in 10 innings at Elrosa. The win enables Elrosa to hold on to the Keg for one more game.
Elrosa 6, Spring Hill 5
ELROSA – The Saints’ two home runs, and some solid pitching, were just barely enough in their 6-5, 10-inning win Friday. The Saints, on strength of a three-run home run by James Kuefler in the fourth and a solo home run by Matt Schmitz in the fifth inning, took a 5-1 lead over Spring Hill in the fourth inning. With Aaron Vogt, who pitched seven innings, on top of his game, the lead held until the eighth inning.
“They (Spring Hill) are a team you can never sleep on,” said Elrosa manager AJ Hadley. “They proved that in the eighth inning.”
Both sides were retired in order in the first two innings. Spring Hill, on a bases-loaded ground out in the third took a 1-0 lead. Elrosa waited until the fourth before their offense really got going. Cody Eichers opened the inning with a double and Austen Hadley’s RBI single tied the game. Ethan Vogt followed with a single and Kevin Kuefler moved up both with a sacrifice. After a strikeout, James Kuefler delivered his home run. The doubles and home runs were a bit out of Elrosa’s usual method of bunting, stealing a creating runs by taking extra bases.
“We didn’t really prove ourselves in small ball tonight,” said AJ Hadley. “We have to execute better.”
After Schmitz’ one-out home run in the fifth, it appeared Elrosa might have the game locked up. Aaron Vogt scattered five hits across seven innings striking out four. He left in the eighth inning, turning the ball over to Austen Hadley. Hadley never really got into a groove against the Chargers. A good defensive play by catcher Cody Eichers retired the first batter, but the next five reached base. Eric Schoenberg tied the game with a bases-loaded double before the inning ended. Then began a cat-and-mouse game, with each side threatening to score in almost every inning. Spring Hill had the go-ahead run on in the ninth and tenth innings, but Elrosa found ways to end the threats.
“It was really huge how Ethan (Vogt) and Austin (Imdieke) came in to relieve, to get us out of jams and give us a chance to win,” said Kevin Kuefler.
They needed that kind of pitching as Spring Hill allowed Elrosa to send only 10 batters to the plate from the seventh to ninth innings. In the tenth Elrosa took the game. Eichers drew a walk and Austen Hadley followed with single when the Spring Hill outfield lost the ball. Ethan Vogt was hit by the pitch to bring up Kevin Kuefler.”
“I knew I would take two strikes,” he said. “I tried to stay patient. The count got in my favor, then came ball four.”
The bases-loaded walked pushed Eichers across with the winning run.
“You have to play all nine, or in tonight’s case, ten innings,” said AJ Hadley. “When these teams play you might as well throw the records out.”
EDDIE MARTIN COLLECTS FIRST HIT VS. STARBUCK
ELROSA 3, STARBUCK 10
THE SAINTS JUMPED OUT TO AN EARLY 2-0 LEAD IN THE FIRST INNING ON RBI SINGLES FROM VOGT AND AUSTEN HADLEY BUT THE STARS RESPONDED WITH FIVE RUNS IN THE 6TH INNING TO PROPEL THEM PAST ELROSA SATURDAY NIGHT IN GLENWOOD. BRADY WELLER STARTED ON THE MOUND FOR THE SAINTS AND PITCHED WELL INTO THE 6TH INNING WHERE A NUMBER OF ERRORS CONTRIBUTED TO THE STARS SCORING. JACOB WELLER THREW WELL IN RELIEF AND THE HIGHLIGHT OF THE NIGHT CAME OFF THE BAT FROM SWITCH HITTING SLUGGER EDDIE MARTIN WHO COLLECTED HIS FIRST HIT OF THE SEASON. KEVIN KUEFLER AND AUSTIN IMDIEKE EACH COLLECTED HITS AS DID JACOB WELLER WHO PICKED UP HIS FIRST RBI SINGLE OF THE SUMMER.
SAINTS EARN WALK-OFF WIN IN EXTRA INNINGS
ELROSA 6, SPRING HILL 5
THE SAINTS JUMPED OUT TO AN EARLY 5-1 LEAD BUT NEEDED EXTRA INNINGS TO SECURE THE SCL NORTH VICTORY FRIDAY NIGHT IN ELROSA. JAMES KUEFLER, RECENTLY CHANGED HIS RELATIONSHIP STATUS AND ALSO PROVIDED THE INITIAL BLOW FOR ELROSA WITH A 3-RUN HOME RUN IN THE FOURTH INNING TO GIVE THE SAINTS A 4-1 LEAD. MATT SCHMITZ THEN PUT ONE IN THE RHUBARB WITH A SOLO BLAST TO CENTER FIELD TO BOOST THE LEAD TO 5-1. AARON VOGT DOMINATED ON THE MOUND AND EXITED AFTER THE 7TH INNING. SPRING HILL RESPONDED WITH FOUR RUNS IN THE 8TH INNING OFF OF SAINTS RELIEVER AUSTEN HADLEY TO TIE THE GAME AT 5 BEFORE ETHAN VOGT CAME IN TO SHUT THE RALLY DOWN. AUSTIN IMDIEKE THREW A SCORELESS 10TH INNING TO KEEP THE SCORE TIED AT 5. IN THE SAINTS 10TH, SPRING HILL BASICALLY GIFT WRAPPED THE KEG TO THE SAINTS WITH A LEAD OFF WALK, AN ERROR, A HIT BATSMEN, AND A WALK-OFF WALK BY KEVIN KUEFLER TO EARN THE EXTRA INNING VICTORY.
ALL-STAR GAME & HOME RUN DERBY
FRIDAY NIGHT THE SAINTS HOST THE ANNUAL MID-SUMMER CLASSIC AS THE STEARNS COUNTY VS. COUNTY LINE LEAGUE ALL-STAR GAME IS PLAYED IN ELROSA. CODY EICHERS WILL BE LOOKING TO DEFEND HIS HOME RUN DERBY TITLE IN THE PRE-GAME FESTIVITIES AND THEN EICHERS, BOTH VOGT BROTHERS, AUSTEN HADLEY, AND KEVIN KUEFLER WILL COMPETE FOR THE SCL TEAM IN THE GAME TO FOLLOW. SATURDAY, THE SAINTS RESUME ACTION WITH A HOME GAME VS. LONG PRAIRIE @ 7:30 P.M.